Sunday afternoon was just too nice to stay inside and watch football games. Heather went to her exercise class and I took son to visit a friend who lives deep in the woods south of Tulsa. So I had some time to myself and my camera.
The scene above is a pecan orchard near the the Tulsa suburb of Bixby. Bixby has pecan orchards, truck farms, grass farms, and the most expensive real estate in Oklahoma. There is something about a well tended pecan orchard that is very appealing especially on a beautiful warm winter day with a pretty sky.
I used Topaz Labs new “Glow” program to process the image. Somehow it really enhanced the visual entanglement of the branches. The scene reminds of ballet dancers with their arms in the air. Well maybe I’m getting carried away with myself.
I’m on the free 30 day trial at Glow. So I’m trying to decide whether to get it or not.
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It was colder than you know what today and the windy was up but I bundled up and went on a walk today. The sky was clear and I was enjoying the sun. My employer has a new plaza in front of the building and I love it. It replaced a lot of odd 1980’s planters and design features with and open concept area with shade and seating areas with interesting shadows. See the light areas above? They are supposed to look like natural gas flames like on a stove or a gas light. Yeah, I know you gotta use your imagination. Since I work for a gas company I think that it is a nice touch. Too bad they don’t have some gas fireplaces out there.
I went to the north end of downtown. I like the reflections of our all glass city hall on the back of the performing arts center. It gave the the all beige concrete exterior a little “liquidy” look. Liquidy is a word in Oklahoma, just so you know.
This is our brand new state of the art drunk driver proof fountain at Bartlett Square. You know the Bartlett Square with the Circle Drive (or roundabout, my British readers may say). It is all so confusing to me. It must be confusing to drunk drivers also because our two previous conventional fountains got totalled by the drunks ramming into them at night. This new one has a low profile so they can drive right over it plus it has flashing lights. We cater to our drunks here in Oklahoma.
You can see how cold it is. At high noon there is still a lot of ice around the fountain.
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Earlier this week, when the son still shined, I took a little longer walk than usual. I mean you have to when the sun is shining right?
I’m sure glad that I took that walk that was a little longer than usual because the sun decided to go on a New Year’s Holiday.
It may have gone to Hawaii or I don’t know where. I just know that it is not in Oklahoma. It has been cold, wet, and miserable here. So I hadn’t got out to take any other pics.
But, I sure am glad that I took a little extra time that day to enjoy the sun. I’m not sure it is coming back.
It is cold, windy, and miserable right now but just before my run Saturday with a friend, it was warm, sunny, and nice. What a difference one cold front can make!
I’m sure you notice that I’m cheating with the photo. I’m using the Topaz Impressions program which converts photos over to various styles of painting. So this is what the “Cave Art” style looks like. Sorry, SOOC is so nice but I love tinkering.
So do you like tinkering with photos? Or do you like SOOC?